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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

    Early Decision is a binding agreement between the family and the college that states the student will enroll at that college if he/she is accepted. Students apply early (usually November 1) and hear back from the colleges on their decision in early to mid-December. Students can only apply to one school via the Early Decision process. Early Action is when a student applies under an early deadline and hears back from the college early, but it is not a binding contract. Students accepted under Early Action are free to still enroll at a different college. Students can apply to multiple schools via the Early Action process.
  • Q What’s better, an A in a regular course or a B in an AP?

    We get this question often and the general rule of thumb is that the B in an AP would trump the A in a regular course. The most important thing to the majority of colleges is the rigor of the coursework that the student has taken. They want to see that the student has challenged her- or himself and that they can be successful. Students should challenge themselves appropriately, however, and not take on what’s too much to handle.
  • Q Does freshman year count?

    Yes! There is a common misconception out there that freshman-year grades do not matter, but this is simply not true. Every college will see the applicant’s freshman-year grades. Although the public universities in California do not use freshman-year grades in their GPA calculations, they will still ask to see them.
  • Q We are trying to plan our summer plans. What looks better for a college?

    The answer to this question is always, “Choose the option that the student has a genuine interest in.” A student will always put more effort in and be more successful when doing the things they love. There is no one activity that looks better than the others. The college wants to get to know the individual, so stick to what you love and show off your strengths.
  • Q When should I take the SAT or ACT? Should I take both? How many times should I take it?

    For most students, it is best to take the ACT or SAT for the first time in the late winter/early spring of junior year. While students can take both exams, it is only necessary to take one. They are very different exams, and students are oftentimes better at one over the other, so knowing your strengths can help determine which test to do. Our students take the PSAT exams in October of junior year followed by an optional mock ACT in November, which helps us determine which exam you should stick to. If a student has done some test preparation, he or she should not have to take the exam more than twice.
  • Q Do you provide help for students interested in playing sports at the collegiate level?

    Yes, Coach and Athletic Liaison for College Counseling Teri Bamford is available to offer guidance to students who wish to play sports at the collegiate level. She can be reached at 858-453-3440, x233 or tbamford@ljcds.org.

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